Piracy is an inevitability in the world of video games, and oftentimes trying to fight against it can lead to problems just as big as piracy itself. Few things will turn a fanbase against you like invasive DRM.
But that doesn’t mean developers can’t have a little harmless bit of fun at the expense of pirates, which is exactly what Remedy has done with Quantum Break. Rock Paper Shotgun pointed that those who pirate Quantum Break will have an exclusive character skin specially made just for them: Captain Jack Joyce, adorned with a skull and crossbones eye patch.
This isn’t the first time that Remedy has pulled the old eye patch joke on pirates of their game. They did the same thing with Alan Wake when it released back in 2010
There have been reports however that this little jab aimed at pirates of Quantum Break is getting misdirected towards legitimate buyers of the game. Remedy has addressed the issue in their FAQ, stating that the issue can be fixed by making sure you’re logged into your Microsoft account before starting the game.
Remedy isn’t the only developer known to have some fun with those who choose to pirate their games. Croteam infamously placed an immortal pink scorpion enemy in the first level of Serious Sam 3 that would only appear in cracked copies of the game and would hunt players down with ferocious intent.
Quantum Break was released on April 5, 2016 on Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4.